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‘No conspiracy in Babri demolition’
Senior advocate I B Singh, Counsel to R N Srivastava and D B Roy, the DM and SSP of Ayodhya when the Babri Masjid was demolished, said no conspiracy led to the incident.
“Anger and frustration of the Hindus led to its destruction on December 6, 1992,” Mr Singh said while making a submission before the Liberhan Commission probing into the demolition.
Claiming that the district administration had taken the “wise decision” of not resorting to fire on kar sevaks who became violent, Mr Singh said his clients could not have taken a decision themselves as the security arrangements were made by the Uttar Pradesh government with the approval of the Centre.
The counsel said the kar sevaks became frenzied after they saw a group of sevaks enter the disputed structure. “It was not the case that 500 to few thousand people destroyed the structure. It was the entire crowd of kar sevaks who committed the offence,” he said.
Mr Singh said it was not practically possible to demolish such a huge structure and remove the debris within four hours. He said the conflict between the state government and the Centre had angered the kar sevaks.
The counsel said there was a perception among the majority community that the Centre and the other organisations opposing the construction of a temple were “inimical” to the Hindu community.
Mr Singh argued that the action of kar sevaks needed to be seen in the background of steps taken and statements delivered by the UP government on security arrangements of the kar seva and subsequent developments.